It could only be our amazing volunteers. When I joined the charity nearly three and a half years ago, I remember my first week pretty vividly. I’m sure I wasn’t the first or last person to feel nervous to impress, to fit in, to feel like you’re doing a good job. But then I was lucky enough to hear one of our volunteer speakers, Ross, tell his story. Not only was he a warm and passionate speaker, but he even managed to add humour to a tough story about his feelings when diagnosed and telling his kids ‘daddy’s got cancer’. It made a lasting impression on me and put my small worries about starting a new job into perspective. It also really helped me understand why we do what we do.
Weeks later I was looking through one of our information booklets and there was Ross again, in a photo with his kids. Then I was scrolling through our Facebook page and saw a line of freezing cold bucket shakers at one of our Football League games - and wait - was that Ross again? It’s nothing short of inspirational just how many things one person could be involved in. But do you know what the best part is? That we’re lucky enough to have thousands of volunteers across the UK, just like Ross, who give so much time, energy and dedication to supporting Prostate Cancer UK. The Geoffs, the Jeans, the Malcolms, the Kenneths, the Chrises, the Allys, the Martins, the Viviens, the Christines, the Errols, the Dentons, the Johns – I could go on forever. What you do for us is astonishing. From offering one-to-one support over the phone to cheering thousands of our runners to get to that finish line. From making sure all of our booklets are easy to understand to giving talks about risks, signs and awareness of prostate cancer from Lands End to John O’Groats. The breadth of what you do is remarkable and the impact invaluable. And it's not just me who wants to say thank you. Here's some more of us here at Prostate Cancer UK who could'nt do our job without you...
"My volunteer’s input into our African, African Caribbean programme has been significant - more than administration - he brought his objective life experiences to the role, which was a great help within the team." Cordwell, African, African-Caribbean Project Manager
“For the difference you make. You have helped in the office, at events, and reminded me continuously why I do what I do!” Amandeep, Special Events Executive
“It’s so important that we have an incredible team of volunteers cheering our runners or cyclists along on the day - we really couldn’t do it without our amazing volunteers!” Kristina, Sporting Events Assistant
“To everyone who has volunteered their stories for us to share in Progress magazine and on our website. Your words make such a difference to our readers - and let them know they are not alone.” Jocelyne, Editor
“You are all so crucial to our work here and we definitely couldn’t do it without you. Whether its raising awareness, helping out in the office, providing support to men and their families or fundraising at events - I really am in awe of how much time, passion and dedication so many of you share with us.” Patrick, Volunteer Programme Coordinator
“I couldn’t do my job without you. You make sure the booklets and leaflets I write about prostate cancer give men with prostate cancer the information they need and want.” Hannah, Information Coordinator
From everyone at Prostate Cancer UK, thank you, from the bottom of our hearts. You are the beating heart and soul of Prostate Cancer UK, and inspiration to every single one of us every single day. Find out how you can volunteer with us.